In, not of, with roses.

25 Jun

I heard myself say the other day:  “I love England.  I don’t love living in England, but I love England.”

Sometimes when you open your mouth and speak without thinking, truth pops out.  I’ll leave you with that bit of personal ambiguity and my annual photo spread of something about which I feel no equivocation — the gorgeous roses that bloom in our garden.  When I turn the corner to walk to my house, the scent of these roses hit me before I can even see the front door.  Some brave blooms show up as late (or as early) as New Years Day, but most reach their fulsome loveliest now, in June.









Want more roses?  See my post from two years ago, Jubilee and Roses, or look up the roses tag.  I’m still a rose-moron — I have no idea the names or types of these roses which bring my life so much beauty.  Yet in these few years I find my idea of what is required in a garden has changed.  There must be roses.  There must always be roses.


8 Responses to “In, not of, with roses.”

  1. Helen June 25, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

    Wow, that’s a lot of roses! how big is your garden anyway???
    But seriously, yes, the English gardens are one of the glories of living here, along with the heritage. So much fun to follow you as you find the best of both to share with us!

    • Monique June 25, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

      Not that big — roses don’t seem to need that much room! 😉 I do miss our big backyard back stateside, but when I see the roses I don’t care!

  2. Daily Presents/Cadigan Creative June 25, 2014 at 4:22 pm #

    Can’t help but wonder if these will be years you look back on with rose-colored glasses once they’re gone, and you find yourself at “home” – where ever that may be… xoxo
    Some experiences are even more beautiful when they are in our past 🙂
    Your flowers are lovely.

    • Monique June 28, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

      Rose-colored glasses …. I see what you did there. 🙂 I hope home will always smell like roses, from now on.

  3. Jeanne June 25, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

    Those are SOME ROSES! (said in the tone of Charlotte, about a pig)
    We are coming to London for a few days at the beginning of August, and I’m hoping to see some of the gardens at their height.

    • Monique June 28, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

      They are indeed! You’ve picked a good time of year to visit — everyone is away on holiday, but the sun will be fairly reliable!!

  4. Brittney September 3, 2014 at 8:34 pm #

    Just popping over. Catching up. Seeing how you are. Wanted to say I get that truth. I have felt it at times. I blame the Vitamin D deficiency. ☺ Hugs to you. xoxo

  5. Brittney September 3, 2014 at 8:36 pm #

    Popping by to see how you are. I get that. I’ve felt that. Let’s blame our Vitamin D deficiencies. ☺

    And English gardens….going with me wherever we go from now on.

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